Resources for Reporters

If you are a reporter seeking information from the Minnesota Department of Health, the best place to start is with one of the department's information officers, listed below. They, like you, have certain "beats," and can get you the information you need or arrange an interview with a professional expert in the department.

Use the following alphabetized list of public health topics to connect with the information officer who can assist you. If you don't see a topic listed below, or you're still not sure whom to contact, please call the MDH Communications Office at 651-201-4989. Also see information officer assignments by division.

Topic Information Officer Phone number
AIDS/STD prevention Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Air cleaners Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Air, indoor Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Asbestos Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Assisted living Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Audiologists Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Background checks (nursing homes) Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Beaches Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Bicycle helmets Scott Smith 651-201-4998
Bioterrorism Nancy Torner 651-201-4990
Birth and death certificates and related data Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Breast/cervical cancer Scott Smith 651-201-4998
Breastfeeding Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Campgrounds (health issues relating to) Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Cancer control and surveillance Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Cancer - incidence/occurrence statistics Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Cancer - mortality statistics Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Carbon dioxide/monoxide Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Chemical exposure Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Chemical health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Child health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Children's camps Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Children with special health needs Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Clean indoor air Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Commissioner's Office Mike Schommer 651-201-4998
Community health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Contaminants, environmental Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Crab lice Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Crematoriums Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Cryptosporidium Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Death certificates and related data Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Dental health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Diabetes Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Disease prevention and control Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Disparities in health status Edie French 651-201-4991
Drinking water Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Education loan forgiveness programs Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Emergency preparedness Nancy Torner 651-201-4990
Environmental health Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Epidemiology Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Facility and Provider Compliance Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Family health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Family planning Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Fetal alcohol syndrome Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Fish, safety of eating Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Fleas, lice Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Flu and flu shots Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Food, beverage and lodging establishments Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Food poisoning Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Food safety Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Foreign travel immunizations Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Formaldehyde Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Freedom to Breathe Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Funeral homes and morticians Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Genetic/hereditary disease Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Groundwater Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Hazardous waste Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Health care facilities complaints, licensing Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health economics Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health insurance consumer information Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health occupations Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health professional shortages Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health reform Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Health statistics Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Hearing instrument dispensers Scott Smith 651-201-5806
High blood pressure Scott Smith 651-201-5806
HMO complaints Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Home health care complaints Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Home health care licensing Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Hospital complaints Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Immunizations/vaccinations Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Infant and child care Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Influenza Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Injury Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Laboratories, public health Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Lead Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Legislative initiatives Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Lice, fleas, ticks Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Lyme disease Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Mammograms Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Managed care Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Maternal and child health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Measles, mumps Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Mental health practitioners, unlicensed Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Minority health Edie French 651-201-4991
Mold/moisture Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Mortuary science Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Newborn screening Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Nursing assistant registry Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Nursing facilities Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Nutrition Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Occupational therapists Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Patient's Bill of Rights Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Public health emergencies Nancy Torner 651-201-4990
Public health laboratory Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Rabies Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Radiation Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Radon Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Refugee health Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Risk communication Nancy Torner 651-201-4990
Rural health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
School cafeterias Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
School health Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Septic tanks/sewage Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Sexual violence Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Sexually transmitted diseases Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Speech language pathologists Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Smoking - prevention Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Smoking - indoors Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Swimming pools Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Tobacco use Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Travel immunizations Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Tuberculosis Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Uncompensated (charity) care Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Venereal diseases Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Violence Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Vision and hearing Scott Smith 651-201-5806
Water safety Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
Wellhead protection Doug Schultz 651-201-4993
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program Scott Smith 651-201-5806
X-ray machines Doug Schultz 651-201-4993

Updated Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at 10:20AM